School of Humanities
The content of the Anthropology programme focuses on developing a comparative perspective on what it means to be a human.
Our courses and research projects are informed by fieldwork-based research that examine the relativity of world-views, the commonalities of social practices, and relate them to a broader global context. Our coursework is based on the detailed analysis of ethnographic texts and anthropological films in a seminar setting.
Our courses address issues like the cultures of capitalism, globalisation and mobility, audiovisual ethnography, anthropology of perception, amongst others. All students carry out their own anthropological study in close collaboration with a supervisor.
The Anthropology Programme at Tallinn University offers two MA pathways conducted in English. In one pathway, MA researchers produce a 40,000 word dissertation that is based on 8 weeks of participant observation. Graduate researchers can also opt to follow the Audiovisual Ethnography Module which allows researchers to produce audiovisual materials as part of their final projects.
Our approach is inspired by a variety of disciplinary and epistemological trends. While most of our members of staff come from an Anglo/French tradition in Social Anthropology, the environment at the School of Humanities fosters a transdisciplinary approach which includes Cultural Geography, Philosophy, Semiotics, and Literature Studies.
Researchers interested in pursuing doctoral studies in Anthropology at TLU can do so within the Studies of Cultures programme.
The Anthropology course would be of interest to students that wish to learn more about cultural diversity in a global context. We are also looking for students that are motivated to base their project on participant observation. The knowledge that is produced by our student dissertations arises from an empathetic immersion in the social context being studied.
Our approach is inspired by a variety of disciplinary and epistemological approaches. While most of our members of staff come from an Anglo/French tradition in Social Anthropology, the environment at the School of Humanities fosters a transdisciplinary approach which includes Cultural Geography, Philosophy, Semiotics, and Literature Studies.
We are constantly looking for ways to make new connections between disciplines, vocabularies, and concepts that will allow us to render a sophisticated understanding of the faculties of contemporary social life.
The research and teaching of Anthropology at Tallinn University is encouraged and sustained by a cosmopolitan staff; their regional research interests cover the Baltics, Turkey, the Caribbean, India, and Western Europe amongst others.
Our international scope is complemented through our ERASMUS programme, where students are offered the opportunity to study up to one year in another European university. We currently have an expanding number of ERASMUS agreements with European universities and will soon include international universities through the ERASMUS+ programme.
All our graduates have either continued to either post graduate studies or found employment in the public and private sector.
The Anthropology programme is housed within the School of Humanities and utilises all the facilities made available by Tallinn University. The Audiovisual Ethnography Module is a joint course with the Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School, which supplies the basic equipment required to carry out the exercises associated with the curriculum.
The university campus houses a study library, the main university library situated within easy reach of the city centre. The National Library of Estonia is also in the city centre.
Before applying to the programme, one can learn more about Tallinn University while participating in Tallinn Summer School. It is a 3-week programme running in July, combining a wide range of courses with a rich, diverse cultural programme and attracting participants from all over the world. More information here.
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